The James River Writers Conference, celebrating its 10th year, ended last night (10/21/12). Here is the run down of our very accessible guests:
Allan Wolf, Adam Ross, David Henry Sterry, Arielle Eckstut, Lena Roy, Lana Krumwiede, Molly Jaffa, Cherise Fisher, Tom Robbins, Alec Shane, Ayesha Pande, Liz Bicknell, Eleanor Brown, Erin Blakemore and more (I know I’m missing people, check out the conference page for the complete list).
This conference feed my soul and gave me a boost (for conference notes, comments and thoughts search for the twitter hashtag #jrwc12).
Here are my top 8 take aways:
- BIC – Butt in Chair – Writing is about consistency
- You CAN break the writing rules, but you HAVE to make it work.
- Every writer should try to write every point of view, whether it works for you or not. It’s all about practice.
- Agents are looking to be hooked. Tantalize them with specifics but don’t give away the surprise.
- 3 ways of keeping on task as a writers: 1. Know what you want. 2. Write with enthusiasm 3. Keep track of time.
- With the exception of Tom Robbins, ALL first drafts are shitty.
- Critique groups and beta readers are invaluable, they help you see your story when you’ve been in the weeds.
- It’s okay to pass on an agent if the fit isn’t right. Research the marketplace.
One last thought, Adam Ross said:
‘Stories cast a shadow. The end of a story should send the reader dreaming.’